I know this is a little late but I wanted to make a connection to Reagans comments on socialized medicine. In 1961 Ronald Reagan made a speeach regarding the pitfalls of moving towards universal health care. He was 100% correct then and still correct today. Listen to the speech and you’ll see the path that Obamas healthcare plan will take us.
This is a follow-up post regarding my comments on House Resolution (as I was so rightly corrected) 1388. Thank you Glenn Beck for continuing to report on the Liberal’s insidious efforts to undermine the traditional conservative values this country was founded on.
As newspapers across the country continue to fail, in my area we are seeing an upsurge in local papers. These news services offer local commentary on national news stories that is both poignant and well written but also gives a point of view that is probably the most main stream you’ll find. Check out the Buffalo Gap Round Up and you’ll see what I’m talking about. So if you’re tired of reading a newspaper that doesn’t reflect your point of view, check out your local news papers, most likely you’ll find that your neighbor sees the world just as you do.
A lot has been said about liberty and freedom recently, especially since the inauguration and this régimes ever expanding government. Most people have a rudimentary understanding of these two terms but to my knowledge no one has looked at both of them together and how they interact to create the core beliefs of what our country stands for.
Thomas Paine authored what some believe is the foundation of the government of the United States when he wrote the pamphlet “Common Sense.” Early in this writing he outlines how he believes society develops to need a system of government and how all people start out free and equal. As the population grows, the need to have a larger government replaces the basic one and eventually evolves into what we know today. The people at first start out with equal and individual voices in the government but as things evolve eventually this becomes impractical and is replaced by the representative system. Of course human history obviously doesn’t make direct connections from the prehistoric tribal system to the modern democracies of today, instead it’s an evolutionary path paved with the oppressed populations of our past. We got here not because people said “Hey that sounds good, let’s try that” but by countless trial and error attempts to find a system of government where the people are happy, productive, and safe. Each of these three traits are key concepts to how freedom and liberty tie together to enable our representative style of government to not only be successful but become the reason our country is so great.
Freedom in its simplest terms means to be able to do anything you want. You have the freedom to go anywhere do anything, not bound by any restrictions. To be truly free means you are not hampered in the least but we all know this is not so. Friction and gravity are limitations to physical freedom to some degree; it restricts our motion, tires us when we exert ourselves, and holds us to this planet. These are examples to oppression of freedom that we have no control over yet live with every day. Basic human freedoms such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are freedoms we do have control over. Every human is born to this world with these freedoms but it is Man that restricts them creating the antithesis to freedom; oppression. Of course this isn’t the case with everyone but to some degree we are all limited in some way or another. After all, we can’t just go out and murder someone just because we want to. Society puts limits on true freedom; these limits are what we call liberty.
When we in the United States talk about liberty what we’re talking about is freedom limited by societal norms to create a harmonious environment for all its citizens. We create laws to protect us and regulations to set standards all in the pursuit of as much freedom as possible without infringing on the freedoms of others. As in the murder example from earlier; if I kill someone I put upon them the ultimate limitation to freedom, society is what says this is an unacceptable practice. We use morals and common sense to delicately restrict the population so they can grow and expand and yet do it without stepping on each other’s toes. When Patrick Henry uttered the battle cry “Give me liberty or give me death” to the Virginia Convention of 1775, he wasn’t saying to give us all unlimited freedom, but to give us a society so Americans can govern themselves. He recognized that true freedom equal anarchy and that society would perish under that scenario. The liberty he was describing allows for the people of a land to establish a government which provides for the security and protection of our human rights. A government which positively limits freedom just enough so society stays on a moral and positive path. Too many limits or a limit not embraced by the population however leads to oppression, so the balance is a delicate one at best.
As you can see freedom and liberty go hand in hand to create the happiness, productivity, and security we love in our country. There is no place anywhere in the universe that offers true freedom since the laws of nature oppress us all in some way or another. Human society has learned to restrict human freedom beyond the natural restrictions so that we can all live together. In the past those restrictions are so great that the population stopped being happy, productive, and safe to some point and people suffered. We have evolved to a point to know what can and can’t be restricted so that all three of those core ideas are balance with the morals society decides is positive. I have always said that the main reason we have religions is to define what good behavior from what is bad is. These teachings become the basis for our laws and how they limit ultimate freedom so society remains on the “good” side of morals. Of course there have been those wayward cultures that decide twist morality so evil is redefined as good such as Nazi Germany and Communism, but good normally prevails and places correction to prevent them from recurring. In some cases these little corrections further restrict our freedoms but this is how society tweaks our liberty just enough to allow for growth in society while maintaining order. This is what liberty is, small limitations to freedom based on the moral beliefs of society.
As you look at what’s happening in the world today, watch for increases in these limitations. We have seen a recent upsurge in the limitations to our freedoms which are reaching a tipping point for our society. Many people look at politics as a pendulum swinging between the core beliefs of limited government and an overly oppressive one. Somewhere in the middle is the level of liberty we desire while the tips of the pendulum swing come very close to anarchy and totalitarianism. It’s liberty that we most desire though. Our liberty provides us with the security blanket we so need and yet ensures the freedoms our humanity requires. This is what truly makes us happy but the balance is very tenuous at best. Do we want to continue to lose freedom like we’re seeing? Is our liberty so ill defined that we can’t see what we’re losing? History is replete with examples of an over reaching government who’s mass engulfs the freedom of its population to a point of revolt. Yet in almost every case the governments stand was that it was creating these limits to human freedom for the betterment of its people. Look at the concepts of Communism. They limit their people’s freedom to a point that they take everything from them and dole out only what the government decides is what they need. They have no freedom to pursue a better lifestyle because if they do it will only be taken away from them so the government can give it to who they decide has a greater need. This form of government squelches the basic human desire of self improvement by oppressing the ability to better ones self. Look at almost any dictatorial or totalitarian style of government and you will see the same problem. But the other side isn’t any better.
When there were very small pockets of government surrounded by massive frontiers of anarchy, people lived on the fringes and experienced almost total freedom. Look at the frontier era in the 18th century and you will find examples of how human vices taking over individuals who had no moral center. Alone in the wilderness they lost their desire to adhere to the moral standards of society and became wild men living on their own, little more than savages. Most of the time this happens when desperation and survival instincts overcome a group of people with a massive cataclysmic outside influence thrust upon them. A great example of this is the Donner parties attempt to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains and becoming trapped by massive blizzards. Hunger, starvation, and isolation created the perfect environment to force the group into cannibalism just to survive. The madness that ensued due to this group’s deviation from established morals had long standing affects on the region and the country. The group’s abandonment of their morals led to their path to anarchism and almost all of them died because of it. Of course this example is an extreme but it does show that without some restrictions humans can revert to the savages that true anarchism defines.
What is our course now however? Are we going to allow the pendulum to swing all the way to the totalitarianism side as its heading? What is our society’s breaking point when it comes to allowing government to limit our freedoms? How small are we going to allow our liberty to shrink before we stand up and put a stop to things? Each and every one of us owes it to ourselves and our country to find the answers to these questions in our hearts so that we know what our breaking point is. As our pendulum approaches its apex, we need to know when to put into affect the balances so that we don’t break that plain and destroy the democracy we enjoy. This is how liberty and freedom intertwine themselves into each other to ensure our happiness, our productivity, and our security. These are the core beliefs of our country and something we should all hold dear.
Who is really to blame here? Is it the company which took a hand-out so they could make ends meet? Nope, there just doing what they have to do with the funds they have. There’s a lot of stories out there about why they have to pay these bonus; a lot of legal and moral reasons for them to meet the promises to their employees. Yes it’s with our money but there was no stipulations concerning this when they got it from us. And who’s fault is that? Who else; the idiots in Washington that have created this mess.
It’s been well documented how we got into this mess. Not from corporate greed or poor business practices, it was from over regulation and involvement of the government. The idiots liberals in Congress thought they would make life easier on people by changing the requirements to lending practices of banks and created a ton of bad debt that had little hope to be recouped. Banks didn’t want this, Wall Street didn’t want this but the do-gooder liberals in Congress forced it upon them under the mantra of urban renewal and fair lending practices. Through those laws people without means could procure loans to by houses they could never afford. The loans for these were designed with timed increases in hopes that the income of the borrower should be able to afford the increases but in reality these increases had no basis on the reality of cost of living increases. Lending institutions, in response to government intervention created an environment of failure just to comply with the laws passed by people who had no idea what the consequences would be. Now we’re in this mess and the same idiots who got us in here are passing the same inept un-thought-out laws that got us into this mess.
This debacle that we’re experiencing is a testament to how liberal ideals are failure in waiting. Making laws that are based on feelings rather than sound practices will always result in failure. “Oh the poor need our help to buy a house. Lets make it easier for them to borrow money so they can…” Making money easy to get buy people that can’t pay it back doesn’t help anyone. It just spreads the problem to others; doesn’t that sound like wealth redistribution? It’s the same argument these idiots use towards the global warming myth. “Oh we have to save the planet. Lets make everyone conserve and go green.” It’s the same liberal “feeling-based” methodology that pulls at the heart-strings of the emotion but does nothing but create problems in reality.
So who is to blame for all this mess? Harry Reed, Nancy Palosi, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank, and all those other liberals and RINOs (republican’s in name only) who voted for all this crap that got us here. This mess didn’t start last fall when we were told of the impending Wall Street melt-down. It started years ago when this Democrat leadership took power and started their liberal agenda. These people are raping our society and destroying our country and we choose to point fingers at a few corporate executives who are doing nothing but fulfilling an existing contract. It’s the leadership in Congress that created this mess and yet they feel that they can tax these poor saps out of the money we gave them. And the most culpable person in all this… Barack Obama. At some point in time the back can’t be passed any more and his ineptness in economic understanding is showing. His appointment of the tax-cheat Geitner was the first sign that he had no idea what he was doing. He took the word of his Democrat brethren that this guy was the smartest guy out there on the economy and put him at the helm of the very organization Geitner had worked to destroy. And now he sets on the sidelines and does nothing while his lieutenants go out and do the dirty work leaving Obama to claim plausible deniablity to our countries destruction. This whole mess is a leadership problem and the government leadership needs to be held accountable. Not the corporate leadership who knew they were about to fail and took a lifeline so they could stay solvent.
I said this when all this mess started and I will say it again. These companies need to fail. If their practices are so bad that they are loosing money then bankruptcy should have been their course and not a handout from the government. They took the money without any plan to fix the problem, jus tto continue on with the failed practices that got them into this mess. And who fault is that? It was the lack of specificity in the original bail-out bills to dictate to these companies to change their ways. While I think we should never have given them the money, when we did we should have made them change their ways so they wouldn’t fail again. But that didn’t happen because the people who drafted these bills had no idea how to fix the problem. Their idea to just throw money at it and it would go away has created an even bigger mess with no fix in sight. This is Democrat ideology at it’s worst; spending money on a problem but not making any solutions. When are these people going to figure out that money doesn’t solve problems, people do.
If you think that government needs to come up with a solution then what you need to do is identify the problem. The problem is a regime hell-bent on social engineering and wealth redistribution. Their liberal ideals will continue to guide their hand as they create laws that will end up in more messes like this. They have a proven track record of failure and this current mess is just one example. What we really need is to get these idiots out of Washington! What we really need to do is hold accountable the people who got us here. When this happens the true story of what happened and how we got here will come out and I’m sure we will find that the leadership in Washington now are the true culprits.
It seems that President Obama is making progress on his plan to create a replacement for our military in defending our borders. No he’s not creating a new branch of the Department of Defense, he is starting the framework to one of his campaign promises to establish a “civilian national security force” as he outlined on his July 2009 campaign speech. In a house bill (hr1388) passed this week a framework was laid to establish volunteer programs aimed at our nation’s youth age 14 to 24. These programs, some new and some expansions are being run by what some would consider ineffective and wasteful organizations such as AmeriCorp who oversees the National Civilian Community Corps. It outlines plans to grow this organization from 100,000 to 250,000 participants thus creating an even larger drain on our rapidly shrinking tax pool. It goes on to require the Director of Corporation for Nation and Community service to encourage members of the Baby Boomer generation to volunteer. How are they going to do that? More ad money spent on ineffective PSA aired after midnight?
This bill is replete with troubling aspects. First off the focus on the youth of the nation by working new training programs focused at our public schools and university campuses. They are targeting our most moldable minds and enticing them with money so they can establish time away from the parents to indoctrinate them into liberal biased philosophies. Through the Learn and Serve program participants they establish a “Summer of Learning” program designed to have our youth doing up to 100 hours of community service for a $500 education reward. Sounds good until you read what they want our kids to be doing. Targeting elementary and secondary students this program will focus on civic engagement and community involvement (catch phrases for Democrat programs such as ACORN). It also outlines authorization for higher education services to incorporate service learning as part of specific degree programs (health services, criminal justice, political science, and teaching). This will result in an upcoming force of educators, investigators, health professionals, and politicians with training grounded in liberal Democrat ideas. Talk about ensuring the voter base!
It goes on to provide “special consideration” to Black, Hispanic, and Tribal colleges. The bill requires that at least 50% of the participants be “disadvantaged youth and be composed of youth from ethnically diverse backgrounds.”? Why would they do this? Is this the “thug-ocracy” of the Obama’s Chicago political machine? It could be that they had to add this provision in just to secure the the votes from the do-gooder liberals in congress who think they should be the saviors to the minorities? Or maybe this is because they know that this target audience is the most susceptible to molding such as this, taking advantage of their economic plight and hatred of the wealthy. Yes most likely this is the case but all this will do is increase the rift between the “haves” and “have not’s”.
This bill also establishes a requirement to create 25 “Campuses of Service” but does not explain what or where these campuses will be. Some speculate these will be the summer camp style indoctrination camps where our youth will go to learn all these liberal ideas. Innocuous ideas such “service learning” and “community service” will be the bases of the campuses but if you know what the Democrat agenda is these are key words that indicate they’re plan to mold the minds of our children to think like they do and develop the liberal “do-gooder” mentality at all costs. These are basic tenants to establishing a Democrat voter and developing a voter base that will have far reaching effects into our nation’s future. By use of grants from the government, these campuses will focus on training in energy conservation, emergency and disaster preparedness, emerging technologies for low-income communities, mentoring of middle school youth by high school youth, and research and evaluation on service learning. Sound good? Read between the lines folks.
- Energy conservation; this is a focus on perpetuating the myth of global warming and humans destruction of our planet.
- Emergency and disaster preparedness; how are kids going to help out in this area? Do you think your 14 year old has the maturity to respond when our nation experiences devastating hurricanes or wild fires?
- Emerging technologies in low-income communities; what the heck is this one? It sounds so ridiculous that it most likely is some boondoggle worked into the bill to line some Congressmen’s pockets.
- Mentoring middle school by high school students; a subtle attempt to ensure the ideology is passed down to the next generation. What better way to ensure someone is indoctrinated than by hearing it from someone they trust and look up to? It’s the old hippy mindset to not trust anyone over the age of 30.
- Research and evaluation on service learning; this will be the way they change their process to whatever they want to make their agenda work; a check and balance system. This bill also has provisions in it to establish an electronic citizenship verification system. What could this be? Well let’s follow the thought process here.
They indoctrinate our youth into a mass of community organizers and now they need to have them do something. Might as well have them go out and collect all this information on the rest of the citizens. This is the most troubling aspect of this bill, it is basically creating an organization similar to the “Hitler Youth” of Germany and the “Young Pioneers” in the Soviet Union. A group of children indoctrinated into a specific ideology trained by the government to track what the citizens of the country are doing, and at what cost? Aside from the monetary cost we are allowing this Democratic Congress to create a program to promote their ideals and teach our children that their ideology is the answer. This bill is nothing more than a nefarious plan to ensure the voter base of their party well into our future so they can ensure the perpetuation of their previously failed programs. They target our least savvy, least mature, and most easily mold-able minds who will accept a philosophy of “feel good” liberalism without question. It will create a culture of weaklings who won’t be able to deal with real the real problems of the world such as national defense, world trade, and fiscal stability. All they will be able to do is look at problems and blame everyone else and not come up with any solutions. Is this the future our country wants? Will these programs create the strong leadership our country will need in the future? I don’t think so.
So how does this replace our military within our borders? This is just the first step in our Presidents master plan. He knows that he must start with our youth to train their minds to accept the next step of dismantling the standing army. As far as he is concerned the greatest enemy to our country is the Republican Party and all our international problems have been created by the imperialist mindset of previous regimes. To him a standing army to respond to international threats is an outdated paradigm that can be replaced by negotiation and acceptance. Since he feels that the biggest threat to our country is from within so he is establishing a force to deal with it, a force built around the youth of the country. A force who will eventually be so indoctrinated to liberal ideals they will reject conservatism and drive this country into the socialist nirvana President Obama envisions. This bill is the stepping stone which will lay the frame work to his ultimate goal; extending the reign of the Democrat liberal machine.